Friday, April 17, 2015

A calorie is a calorie, right?? Wrong!

When I first started looking to lose weight, I used to think “A calorie’s a calorie. Whether you eat 1500 calories of Twinkies or 1500 calories of vegetables, it all comes down to the same amount.”
In the beginning, I never paid attention to where my calories came from anyhow. I just focused on the calorie load as a whole. I ended up choosing 100-Calorie Packs and nonfat yogurt over an apple and almonds because, calorically, it was lower. I could eat more this way… and oh, I did.I was hungry allllll the time. I felt faint often and had trouble concentrating. My diet consisted of mostly processed carbs, sugars, and very very little fat. When I hit plateaus, I just figured my willpower was failing me. I just had to eat less. It was that simple.

What I didn’t know was that the sugars (both real and artificial) were fueling my cravings and leaving me crashing hard, which made it incredibly tough not to overeat. The same thing happens with processed flours and additives.

Now, after 1.5 years of coaching others with their own nutrition, I realize that not every calorie is equal. I focus more on nutrition now by finding each person’s personal macronutrient ratio sweet spot. I know that protein and fat will keep hunger at bay longer, that for most people who aren’t marathon runners, high carb diets just won’t do the trick for fat-loss goals.

The most important priority to me with ALL my challengers however, is that they start replacing the chemical-laden, processed-to-smithereens junk with REAL, WHOLE FOOD.

Here’s the truth: we have a hard time giving up the processed crap because, well, we’ve been eating it all our lives. We’re used to those tastes, so going cold turkey off of all the junk is really, really tough.

What would you say if I told you there’s another way?

Many of those chemically-laden, processed-to-smithereens foods that you love can be made healthy!
It may not taste exactly the same when you substitute bleached flours for cauli-“flour” or sugar for bananas, but it will at least get you through some of those tougher cravings.
With these recipes, you won’t be crashing from sugar overload, nor will you be jacking up your insulin levels. Bottom line: you’ll stay leaner and cleaner while also treating yourself with these delightfully delicious substitutes. No guilt necessary. ;)

If you're interested in learning more about getting healthy, how to eat clean, and doing it while creating a new lifestyle that is maintainable, join me in my next challenge group! Fill out the application below, and I will be in touch soon!

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